Rio Vista (0-0) vs. Delta (0-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Rio Vista High
Last year’s records: Rio Vista 5-6, Delta 0-10
Last meeting: 2012, Rio Vista won 58-0
Of note: The annual “Battle for the Bell” could end up another lopsided affair. The Rams return most of their starters on both offense and defense, including fullback Chace Marlowe, who ran for 1,584 yards and 26 touchdowns last year, according to Maxpreps.com. He rambled for 134 yards and four TDs against the Saints last year, while returning wingback Tanner Layton had 83 yards and one TD. . . . The Saints, who have yet to post a roster on Maxpreps.com, were outscored 494-116 during last year’s 0-10 campaign.
Prediction: Rio Vista 58, Delta 12
Wood (0-0) vs. American Canyon (0-0)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: American Canyon High
Last year’s records: Wood 5-5, American Canyon 11-2
Series: American Canyon leads 1-0
Last meeting: 2012, American Canyon won 43-15
Of note: The Wildcats hung tough for a half of last year’s game – it was 15-15 at intermission – before being blitzed 28-0 in the second half. The Wolves held a 407-197 advantage in total yards, according to Maxpreps.com, with Jomon Dotson, who returns for his senior season, rushing for 214 yards and two TDs on just 11 carries, one of them a 73-yard scoring scamper. He finished the year with 2,148 yards and 24 touchdowns, including 12 straight 100-yard games before being held to 61 in a 42-19 playoff loss to Oakdale. . . . Wood returns nine starters on offense, five on defense, giving it experience that was lacking heading into last year’s battle with American Canyon. Quarterback Tyler Bailey completed 5 of 14 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown as a junior last season against the Wolves.
If you go: Take Interstate 80 west and exit at American Canyon Road. Turn right onto American Canyon Road. Turn right into the school at Newell Drive. American Canyon High is at 3000 Newell Drive.
Prediction: American Canyon 35, Wood 13
2012 prediction record: 54-15
2013 Solano County Preseason Rankings
1, Vacaville. 2, Bethel. 3, Benicia. 4, Vanden. 5, Wood. 6, Rodriguez. 7, Armijo. 8, Vallejo. 9, Fairfield. 10, Dixon. 11, St. Patrick’s. 12, Rio Vista. 13, Vacaville Christian.